Over the Plains

This tour winds around and over the plain, showcasing diverse garden themes in beautifully manicured and well-tended gardens, many of them bordered by vineyards producing renowned Marlborough wines. The tour this year includes an exciting new addition, the redeveloped garden at what is now the exclusive Marlborough Lodge.

Woodend

Woodend

  • Margaret & Brian Herd

Woodend Garden was developed in the 1990s, when a large formal garden was created from bare paddocks. Drive through a formal gateway and along an extensive curved driveway lined with blue agapanthus that sets the scene for the established gardens. The gardens feature a number of different zones with unique elements, including the Wedding Avenue, the venue for many Marlborough weddings. Forty-metre-high gum trees planted a century ago stand proud in one corner of the property. Large specimen trees have become established at Woodend including oak, liquidambar, silver birch, magnolia, dogwood, chestnut and gleditsia. Spring is beautiful, with wisteria, flowering cherry and bulbs followed by irises, camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons and clematis. In summer, roses, hydrangeas and heuchera bloom.

Hortensia House

Hortensia House

  • Huguette Michel-Fleurie

Huguette’s Hortensia House is a beautiful romantic flower garden. Masses of colour-coordinated flowers in hazy pastels and blues and yellows match the trim on this Victorian-style house. The Spring Creek bisects the garden, in a peaceful pristine flow and the bridge, inspired by Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny, just adds to the European flavour of this garden. “Hortensia” is the French name for the hydrangea, one of Huguette’s favourite flowers. She boasts a collection of about 150 different varieties filling the shady areas around this beautiful home and garden.

Welton House
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Welton House

  • Wendy & Ross Palmer

Dating back to the late 1800s, this garden’s framework of mature trees has been enhanced by garden designer Ross, in partnership with his sister, Wendy. The planting style is modern, using a naturalistic palette of native and exotic – big, bold perennial borders merge into woodland, which seamlessly transitions to the serenity of a fern-laden bush. The hot garden on the northern side is filled with exotic sun lovers, juxtaposed by whimsical hedges. Extensive modern hard landscaping harmoniously links the varied plantings. At surprising moments, views of the surrounding ranges and unique artworks are revealed. Filled with rare horticultural beauties and clever, innovative use of the more commonplace, this garden is a must-see for the plant aficionado and anyone with an interest in garden design.

Bhudevi
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Bhudevi

  • Jane Casey & Bruce Miller

Bhudevi (Sanskrit for “Earth Goddess” or “Mother Earth”) is an eight hectare property with a large modern home, an organic sauvignon blanc vineyard, and 1.5 hectares of formal and native gardens along a wide spring creek. It is surrounded by gardens established since 2009. There is an outdoor sculpture garden, a native garden along the creek, a secluded rock and fern garden, and an elevated garden with views overlooking the vineyards across to the Richmond Range. The native garden includes species that are used in traditional Maori medicines, many indigenous and unique to New Zealand. The native garden has many sheltered and open seating areas for enjoying the birdsong, the plants, and the outdoor sculptures. Adjacent to the house are smaller garden rooms inspired by formal designs.

The Marlborough Lodge

The Marlborough Lodge

With acres of sprawling gardens, park and vineyards, the Marlborough Lodge estate grounds form an oasis of flora and fauna. The vast manicured lawns and many gardens meander down to a lake where you can enjoy the abundant bird life. Wander among the established trees or stroll to the vegetable garden, which features homegrown fruit, berries, tomatoes, and free-range hens. 

2017 Nelmac Garden Marlborough Best Garden Awards sponsored by Bayleys

You can nominate yourself, your neighbour, your street, your school or retirement village garden